The Major Indoor Soccer League announced today that Philadelphia KiXX forward Leo Gibson has been named the MISL Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday, Dec. 6. Gibson paced the KiXX (1-2) attack with four goals this past Friday night, leading the team to a 20-6 road victory over the previously unbeaten Rockford Rampage (2-1).
"This past Friday against Rockford, Leo really capitalized on his chances," KiXX head coach Don D'Ambra stated. "He is a young and very coachable player that has a lot of skill and athleticism."
"While he is already very talented, I think Leo will only continue to get better because he puts himself in good areas and is very savvy by the goal. He truly has all the tools to be a fantastic player."
The Monrovia, Liberia, native netted a hat trick in the first half alone in the win over Rockford, and his eight points and four goals are a single game high in the MISL this season.
Gibson, who was an addition to the KiXX roster during this past offseason, jumped to third in the league in scoring off the output of this match alone. The 20-point effort by Philadelphia also vaulted the team to first overall in the league for scoring with an average of 13.7 points a game.
Gibson played his first two indoor seasons with the Detroit Ignition, and he was a key figure in bringing Motown the Xtreme Soccer League championship last year when he finished tied for fifth on the team with 25 points on eight goals and eight assists.
The Liberian native played college soccer at King College in Bristol, Tennessee, before receiving a trial with the Dallas Burn of Major League Soccer in 2004. He spent his first four professional outdoor seasons with the Minnesota Thunder of USL-1 before spending this past year with the Cleveland City Stars.
Next up for Philadelphia is a road matchup with the Milwaukee Wave (1-2) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. The KiXX will play its historic first home game at the Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University on Saturday, Jan. 9, hosting the Rockford Rampage at 7:00 p.m. Season and group ticket packages for the KiXX are available now by calling 1-888-888-KiXX.